Grim Pickings

Cinemas & Home Entertainment this week…

19 December 2017

GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with several major releases and a few others you likely haven’t heard of but should know about hitting home entertainment!

Home Entertainment

Wednesday December 20th
Based on Stephen King’s best-selling 1986 novel comes one of the edgiest studio genre films in well over a decade! Fans will be pleased to hear that the home entertainment release comes with eleven deleted/extended scenes from the film and the Blu-ray also hosts three featurettes. That said we feel they’ll be a deluxe edition down the track perhaps just prior to the theatrical release of Chapter 2…double dip anyone, we need it now so we’ll definitely be doing it! For as long as their town has existed, Derry has been the entity’s hunting ground, emerging from the sewers every 27 years to feed on the terrors of its chosen prey: Derry’s children. Banding together over one horrifying and exhilarating summer, the Losers form a close bond to help them overcome their own fears and stop a new killing cycle that began on a rainy day, with a small boy chasing a paper boat as it swept down a storm drain…and into the hands of Pennywise the Clown.
In our opinion, KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE was the most underwhelming sequel of 2017, lacking the of ingenuity of its predecessor, it went for pure spectacle and while granted some sequences were jaw dropping, we found ourselves looking at our watches far too often during them. Our heroes face a new challenge when their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage. Their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organisation in the US called Statesman, and in a new adventure, these two elite, secret organisations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy.
Visionary filmmaker Christopher Nolan returns with a World War II epic that rather surprisingly doesn’t carry with it an epic duration, running at a taut 106 minutes, DUNKIRK is true artistry in its perfect union of thrilling substance and sheer style. The Blu-ray & 4K Ultra-HD releases feature a mammoth assortment of featurettes giving viewers an insider look at every aspect of the film’s production. Opening as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.
Independent Aussie filmmaker, Glenn Triggs (APOCALYPTIC) pays tribute to the family action/adventure films of the eighties with his latest feature that comes to home entertainment hot off its event screenings theatrically. When a passing comet crash lands near their hometown, Lucas (Xavier West) and his five friends embark on an adventure of a lifetime to locate the landing site. Together, they will discover an incredible story behind this extraordinary cosmic event, and find themselves at the centre of a far-reaching conspiracy.
13 SINS (DVD Only)
Somewhere between CHEAP THRILLS, NERVE and WOULD YOU RATHER, exists 13 SINS, a 2014 feature from THE LAST EXORCISM’s Daniel Stamm, that’s releasing just in time for Christmas as a little onscreen torture is a good distraction from the torments of the festive season. Elliot Brindle (Mark Webber) is a bright, meek salesman, drowning in debt – and desperate as he’s about to marry the love of his life. Upon receiving a phone call informing him that he’s on a hidden camera game show where he must execute 13 tasks to receive a sum total cash prize of $6.2M, Elliot dismissively follows through with his first two instructions: swat the fly that is currently bothering him, then eat the fly. With thousands of dollars suddenly appearing in his bank account, Elliot remains sceptical, though comforted by the knowledge that he can stop playing at anytime if only to lose every penny that he’s won. Trapped into the horrors manipulated by unseen spectators, Elliot’s need to complete the game escalates as the tasks grow more extreme, to a devastating point of no return.
After a blink and you’ll miss it theatrical run in select cinemas across major cities in Australia (so select that the only cinema in Melbourne playing it was Reading Dandenong), ANNABELLE (or more importantly the vastly underrated MORTAL KOMBAT: ANNIHILATION) director John R. Leonetti’s tween horror hits home entertainment albeit on DVD only. Seventeen-year-old Clare Shannon (Joey King) is barely surviving the hell that is high school. So when her dad (Ryan Phillippe) gifts her an old music box with an inscription that promises to grant the owner’s wishes, she thinks there is nothing to lose. Clare makes her first wish and, to her surprise, it comes true.

In Cinemas

Tuesday December 26th
It’s been twenty-two years since JUMANJI first graced cinema screens and fast became a family classic, now JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE, rather wisely is less a reboot than it is a sequel, existing within the same universe as its predecessor, it’s an all-new adventure in what may finally become a franchise. The tables are turned as four teenagers in detention are sucked into the world of Jumanji. When they discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of, they are immediately thrust into the game’s jungle setting, into the bodies of their avatars, played by Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji, Jumanji plays you. They’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they’ll be stuck in the game forever.